Old-fashioned values

I know that as parents we have many roles; but I believe the most important and fundamental of all our roles is the one where we teach our children about values and respect.

These values are important to me:

Honesty

We should be able to put our trust in others, as others trust us back, although the realities of us being able to trust others, isn’t the same as others trusting us.

Respect

There will always be times where someone doesn’t deserve to have our respect. Respect is something earned, not something that’s just given. As children learn about respect and know the difference, they will work out other people, their actions and deeds and will know whether they’ve earned that respect.

Loyalty

Another old-fashioned value that will or will not always pay dividends, but that as children learn the difference between loyalty and blind loyalty they will choose friends wisely.

Empathy

To be concerned and to understand how someone feels will help children strengthen their own resolve as they go through life. They will begin to see others who are less fortunate than themselves and will want to help, where they can and to know they will make a difference.

Self-control

Teaches children about maturity and growth. Putting others first makes us selfless and unselfish.

The old-fashioned values are the values I grew up with and that I live by. If followed continually they will help us mature and grow spiritually.


22 Apr, 2011

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